The peaceful village of Patreksfjordur is one the largest one on the south-part of the Westfjords, with a population around 700. The first settler in the area, Orlygur Hrappsson, named the village and the fjord after their spiritual guide, St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. 

Culture and industry

Trade began in Patreksfjordur in 1570, making it one of the oldest trading posts in the Westfjords. Still it didn’t grow into a village until Iceland’s trawling industry kicked off in the early 20th century.  In Patreksfjordur fjord, farmers cultivated potatoes for the first time in Iceland in the 18th century.  Potatoes still remain a staple in kitchens throughout the country today.  However the main industry in the village continues to be commercial fishing and fish processing.

What to do in Patreksfjordur?

Patreksfjordur is a good focal spot for travelers interested in experiencing the peace and silence which is characteristic for the small villages scattered around the Westfjords area. At the same time enjoying the natural beauty and the many exciting hiking options.

At the deep end of Patreksfjordur fjord, about 10 minutes drive from the village, visitors can see the shipwreck of Gardar BA 64, an old steel ship resting peacefully on the beach. It was used for whaling in the past, but is now slowly becoming a rusting ruin.

The village is the perfect place to stock up on supplies before heading to the nearby Latrabjarg bird cliffs or the wonderful beach at Breidavik.  A quick dash into Stukuhusid café, in the center of the village will also cater for everyone’s appetite.


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